What a difference five years make. In 2007 Michael Vick was sentenced to prison for his role in an illegal dogfighting ring. Today he is the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and a spokesperson for the Humane Society.
Now Vick has penned a memoir titled, “Michael Vick: Finally Free,” chronicling his life, including exposure to his first dog fight at the age of eight.
“It’s something I wish had never, ever happened,” Vick told Matt Lauer Tuesday morning on The Today Show.
Vick went on to say that he wrote the book to answer the questions that he is regularly asked, and to set the record straight about what happened.
Additionally, Vick wants to show kids that the path he chose isn’t the right one, and that it isn’t the one they should take. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Human Society, who had pushed for Vick’s prosecution, feels Vick can make a difference speaking to at risk youth as he stated last year on Ellen. Vick told Lauer he and Pacelle have a great relationship.
“I still feel like I have more to prove each and every day, and I think each person should feel like that when you wake up in the morning,” Vick said. “You always have something to prove, you should always be striving to do better, and be better than you were the day before.”